State moves on radio spectrum and fixed infrastructure a grave mistake
A look at our telecommunications policy history explains why
Government policy should as far as possible liberate the market to continue the success story of private ownership of radio spectrum and fixed infrastructure, instead of interposing well-intended but misguided interventions to correct perceived high pricing or underservicing. Such interventions can only be counterproductive, and should be resisted. A look at our telecommunications policy history explains why.
During the negotiations for a new dispensation in SA, it was recognised that telecommunications policy would be of major importance to a developing economy. Even before the 1994 elections several potential models were considered, but it was soon clear that the government was intent on maintaining a tight grip on what it saw as a strategic sector of the economy...